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Senegal: Exiled Gambians protest over Jammeh's iron fist rule

Senegal: Exiled Gambians protest over Jammeh's iron fist rule

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A group of Gambian activists who are in exile in Senegal have taken to the streets of Dakar to denounce continued repression of Gambian citizens by the government.

The activists called on President Yahya Jammeh to release all those detained in connection with recent political demonstrations as well as account for those suspected to have been tortured to death.

The demonstrations were triggered by recent events in Gambia when some members of the opposition who marched on the streets last week to peacefully demand electoral reforms ahead of elections in December were brutally suppressed by security forces.

We say no to oppression. We condemn all that has been happening for the past 21 years ranging from extra judicial killings to unlawful arrests of politicians and journalists.

“We say no to oppression. We condemn all that has been happening for the past 21 years ranging from extra judicial killings to unlawful arrests of politicians and journalists going for exile and their imprisonment,” said one activist.

Tensions have been slowly building in Gambia for years due to the repressive security environment, widespread corruption, chronic food shortages and mismanagement of the economy.

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